Author of the Month: Toni Morrison

Our Author of the Month for May is the American novelist, essayist and critic Toni Morrison. Best known for her epic novels exploring the African-American experience, she has been awarded numerous literary awards, including the Nobel Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award for Song of Solomon in 1977, the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved in 1988, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 and in 2009 The Norman Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Come and explore her work at the shop throughout May.

God Help the Child

Toni Morrison

From the publisher:

Sweetness wants to love her child, Bride, but she struggles to love her as a mother should. Bride, now glamorous, grown up, ebony-black and panther-like, wants to love her ...

Beloved: A Novel

Toni Morrison

From the publisher:

It is the mid-1800s and as slavery looks to be coming to an end, Sethe is haunted by the violent trauma it wrought on her former enslaved life at Sweet Home, Kentucky. Her ...

Race: Vintage Minis

Toni Morrison

From the publisher:

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. Also in the Vintage Minis series: Language by Xiaolu Guo Death by Julian Barnes Love by Jeanette Winterson Home by ...

Jazz

Toni Morrison

From the publisher:

Joe Trace – in his fifties, door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, erstwhile devoted husband – shoots dead his lover of three months, the impetuous, ...

The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison

From the publisher:

A novel that immerses us in the tragic, torn lives of a poor black family – Pauline, Cholly, Sam and Pecola – in post-Depression 1940s Ohio. Unlovely and unloved, Pecola ...

Home

Toni Morrison

From the publisher:

An angry veteran of the Korean War, Frank Money finds himself back in racist America after enduring trauma on the front lines that left him with more than just physical ...

Desdemona

Toni Morrison, foreword by Peter Sellars, lyrics by Rokia Traore

From the publisher:

Toni Morrison’s retelling of the story of Desdemona from Shakespeare’s Othello: a safe space in which the dead can finally speak those things that could not be spoken ...

Song of Solomon: A Novel

Toni Morrison

From the publisher:

Begins in 1930s America with Macon Dead Jr, the son of a wealthy black property owner, who has been brought up to revere the white world. Macon learns about the tyranny of ...

Sula

Toni Morrison

From the publisher:

As young girls, Nel and Sula shared each other’s secrets and dreams in the poor black mid-West of their childhood. Then Sula ran away to live her dreams and Nel got ...

Love

Toni Morrison

Eleanor Birne writes:
At one point Toni Morrison provided answers for a generation of black women. The Bluest Eye was a redefinition and a recentring, making the margin the heart. Thirty-four ...

A Mercy

Toni Morrison

From the publisher:

On the day that Jacob, an Anglo-Dutch trader, agrees to accept a slave in lieu of payment for a debt from a plantation owner, little Florens’ life changes irrevocably. She ...

Tar Baby

Toni Morrison

From the publisher:

Into a white millionaire’s Caribbean mansion comes Jadine, a sophisticated graduate – a black American now living in Paris and Rome. Then there’s Son, a criminal on the ...

Paradise

Toni Morrison

From the publisher:

Four young women are brutally attacked in a convent near an all-black town in America in the mid-1970s. Spanning the birth of the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam, the ...